favorite wHiskeys

A list of my personal favorite whiskeys.

First, the whiskeys that make the world’s finest drink, the manhattan.

  • Sazerac Rye
  • Knob Creek Rye
  • Templeton Rye

All these ryes make for a good manhattan.

Next, my favorite sipping whiskeys.

  • Blantons
  • Knob Creek Single Barrel Nine Year
  • Willits XCF in Curacao Barrels
  • Angel’s Envy
  • Jefferson’s Groth Cask
  • Calumet Farms
  • Forged Oak from Orphan Barrel
  • Jefferson’s Reserve
  • Van Winkle 12 Year Lot B

My Manhattan Recipe

  • 4 Ounces Rye or my favorite, a High Rye Bourbon, like Knob Creek Single Barrel Nine Year
  • 3/4 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • A Couple Luxardo or Amarena Cherries (or homemade brandied cherries) plus a couple drops of the juice
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters, stir with a long handled bar spoon – not shaken* – then pour through a strainer into a martini glass with the cherry and juice in the bottom. A tiny bit of ice in the martini glass is normal but on the rocks is right out*.

Thanks to Michael, the mixologist at Braddock’s Streetside in the Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the stir versus shake technique and that a manhattan should never be served on the rocks.

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